The Washington State Cougars have put themselves in the drivers seat in the Pac – 12 North with wins over the Oregon Ducks and the Stanford Cardinals. With 3 of the last 4 games of the season in Pullman, we do a quick too-early preview for the Cougars.
WSU vs California – Pullman
California just pulled off a stunner beating the #15 Huskies. Browning’s play was poor enough to see him benched and have a red-shirt freshman take over. With the Huskies struggling all year in the second half averaging 8.1 points, the loss speaks more about UW’s offensive woes. Washington State’s worse quarter is th 3rd, averaging 4.3 points a game. However, WSU knows how to finish strong with a staggering 13.8 points in the 4th. California getting a win in Pullman does not seem reasonable. Cougars win 40 – 25.
WSU vs Colorado – Boulder
Colorado is more of a running offense, but quarterback Steven Montez can throw when he needs to. Colorado’s resume boasts of some quality wins over Nebraska, UCLA, and Arizona State. But with losses to USC, UW, and an overtime loss to Oregon State, WSU finds themselves in a potential trap game. It is easy to ease off when you see Colorado struggle. The Cougars can still win and expect Gardner Minshew II to throw at least 3 touchdowns. Cougars win 33 – 24.
WSU vs Arizona – Pullman
The Cougar run defense is not even in the top 25 in the country and that can spell problems for Washington State. With Arizona averaging over 5 yards a rush and almost 200 rushing yards a game, the Cougars will need to practice all week solidifying their run game and forcing quarterback Khalil Tate to the air. With Arizona’s blowout win over Oregon, they look to be a threat to give WSU their second loss. And with a bye week before their trip to Pullman, it is possible. UPSET ALERT Arizona wins 42 – 30.
WSU vs UW – Pullman, Apple Cup
The last time the Cougars won the Apple Cup was in 2012 with a 31 – 28 overtime win in Pullman. Since then, the Cougars have been outscored 189 – 71. While nothing in football is for sure, there are some statistics that may benefit the Cougars. The Huskies are averaging 15.9 points in the 1st half, with most coming in the 2nd quarter. But in the 2nd half, the Huskies are held to under 8.1 points every game. Compared to the Cougars, Mike Leach‘s Air Raid offense is putting up impressive numbers averaging 22.6 points in the first half and 18.1 in the second. The 3rd quarter will be the story for both teams. Both UW and WSU both average under 5 points in the 3rd. UW will need to win the 3rd to win the game. With the way things are going for both teams, WSU pulls off the victory and earns their first Pac – 12 North Title. Cougars win 41 – 27.
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